The Gulf is currently engaged in various infrastructures and business developments aimed at boosting electrical capacity and maintaining the region's global edge in energy distribution. The region's USD 1.4 billion unified electricity grid has already ended power cuts in four northern countries and will extend production even further when the UAE, the second-largest power network in the Gulf, connects to it in early 2011.
The various opportunities opened up by the steady expansion of the Gulf's energy sector will be fully explored during GCC Power 2010, the region's top electricity industry event running from October 18 to 20, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. GCC Power 2010 will feature both the 8th Regional Conference for National Committees of CIGRE (the International Council on Large Electric Systems) in the Arab Countries and the 15th Exhibition for Electrical Equipment. This year's edition is expected to be one of the biggest and unveil more strategic partnerships, networking opportunities and new business prospects.
Speaking at a press conference held on September 23, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton Doha, Engineer Ali Mohamed Al-Ali, Manager, GCC CIGRE, said, "GCC Power 2010 is the best platform for regional and global companies to identify opportunities and forge partnerships as the Gulf broadens the scope and capacity of its electrical energy sector. Gathering all electricity stakeholders to a single event enables them to gain clearer perspectives on where the industry is headed and identify key growth segments. Moreover, Qatar, the future home of the USD 2.6 billion Energy City, the Middle East's first energy business center, is a perfect host country for emphasizing the role of energy in national development."
The event will enable professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and specialists to directly interact with government officials and key decision makers involved in the electricity sector. The special conference will also provide valuable insights on System Operation and Control, System Planning, Development and Technical Studies, Substations, Power Transformers and Reactors, Switchgear and HV Equipment, Transmission Lines and Cables, HVDC and Power Electronics, and Emerging Technologies.
"Over the years IFP has partnered with GCC CIGRE to engage more industry and government figures in deep discussions on the state and future of the region's energy sector. As the Gulf's interconnected electricity grid proves, a unified approach to electricity development is the best way to meet burgeoning regional demand. We will fully support GCC CIGRE in highlighting GCC Power 2010's importance as a forum for providing more information on the latest energy technologies and trends, gaining consensus on the best regional strategy for capacity expansion, and attracting global interest in Gulf energy," added George Ayache, General Manager, IFP Qatar, during the press conference.
GCC Power 2010 is managed by GCC CIGRE, the GCC regional committee for large electricity systems. The committee conducts and supports various conferences, seminars and research to advocate the exchange of information and expertise in the field of electricity systems. GCC CIGRE was formed as a non-profit organization in 1985 via a resolution made by the GCC Ministers of Electricity & Water.
Organized by IFP Qatar, GCC Power 2010 is expected to gather a much greater number of international delegates compared to previous years as the event has been expanded to include several other countries in the Arab World. The increased participation will open more opportunities to build trade links, establish strategic partnerships and generate fresh business leads in the regional market.